“I recently watched a television program that showed the “processing” of live crabs. It was shocking to witness such cruelty – how can this be allowed? Also disgusted with cooking programs that show live lobsters being chopped up. I thought all living things had rights.”
Yes animals have rights, but humans are stronger, so ‘might is right’. But nature does not allow us to get away with it. There is karma, or reaction. Nature fights back. Men are sent to war and are killed in return for the lives of the animals they took. This is universal justice.
Here’s a nice poem by playright George Bernard Shaw:
We are the living graves of murdered beasts
Slaughtered to satisfy our appetites.
We never pause to wonder at our feasts
If animals, like men, can possibly have rights.
We pray on Sundays that we may have light
To guide our footsteps on the path we tread,
We’re sick of war
We do not want to fight
The thought of it now fills our hearts with dread
And yet we gorge ourselves upon the dead.
Like carrion crows we live and feed on meat
Regardless of the suffering and pain
We cause by doing so.
If thus we treat
Defenseless animals for sport or gain.
How can we hope in this world to attain
the PEACE we say we are so anxious for.
We pray for it o’er hecatombs of slain
To God, while outraging the moral law
Thus cruelty begets its offspring: war.
Posted by Kurma on 11/4/07; 7:49:08 AM